I’ve enjoyed changing the appearance and content of my blog’s sidebar during this activity. After many face lifts it’s beginning to settle into a more professional space, thanks to the Teacher Challenge.
Believe me, I’m no computer expert and everything I have picked up has been self taught or the result of some basic professional development along the way. Back in the 90′s it was just expected that teachers would go digital with their report writing ordeal. It was a frustrating and steep learning curve for all of us.
I look back on those times and remember, not only feeling the pressure, but the excitement of this new way of processing and storing information. Back then I thought of CODE as being the language of computer gurus only.
Move the clock forward many years and I still have enormous respect for IT experts and their “language”. Last year I picked up some basic tips about HTML CODE from my kids and professional development coursework.
In this post I take a look at how to use HTML code to add bling to your blog, the essential widgets, adding a Creative Commons License and QR codes.
HTML code has become the source of my bling. I find it, move it, change it and use it to open up holes in my blog sidebar (Widgets) to let information flow in and out. I also use it to add other bits of interest, like images and video’s, to posts. A few symbols and numbers can transform a blog into a great looking, interactive space that connects with the wider web.
Here’s how I put the sparkling HTML bling into my blog:
I’m predisposed to widget overload, so I took Sue Waters excellent advice “Getting more out of widgets.” and made sure that I’m using the recommended widgets.
I’m all for sharing my work and am honored if someone wants to use or change it. Now I’d like some recognition and acknowledgement for what I’ve been up to. It’s not about ego or money, it’s about creating a professional identity as I contribute to the digital resources for educators on the internet. So, with all that said, I thought it time to put a Creative Commons License on my blog.
Here’s how I did it:
About the others:
QR CODESWe’re all familiar with the barcodes found on virtually everything in the supermarket. Their one dimensional pattern captures information, which, when scanned, identifies the product.
Two dimensional Quick Response (QR) codes arose out of a need to store more information such as URL’s, mobile phone numbers, text and images. This QR code holds information about me, such as my name, email and web address, made in this Address QR Generator.
I entered my details, produced the code, copied and pasted the image to my desktop then uploaded it to this post. When I scan it with the QR Scanner (a free iphone app) my details appear and can be stored in the phone’s address book.
Apparently, McDonalds in Japan are using QR codes on the burger boxes which, when scanned with an iphone, takes the consumer to a web page to check out nutritional information. I wonder if you can scan it before buying the burger?
Enough of fast food, I’m more interested in the educational applications of QR codes that can give instant access to a wide range of information. To be honest, I’m not sure yet, but there are many great reads on the subject. Here are a few to have a look at: